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Plancha [Paperback]

Liliane Otal
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Book Description

30 Jun 2011
"Plancha" is a Spanish word that literally translates as "plate," and refers to both a style and a method of cooking, using a metal slab heated over a gas flame. In Spain, planchas are widely used in tapas bars and restaurants to cook an incredible assortment of foods, from mussels to mushrooms and even desserts. In private homes, planchas are often installed in the middle of round tables, so that both the hosts and their guests can share in the cooking experience and no one is stuck in the kitchen. Prepared both indoors and out, plancha cooking is as delicious and suitable on a warm sunny day as it is on a chilly night. The popularity of plancha has even crossed the Spanish border into France, where many noted chefs, such as Alain Ducasse and Paul Bocuse, have adopted this way of cooking in their Paris restaurants. It's not just for the gourmet restaurants, however: planchas are incredibly easy to use over grills and stoves, with little mess. And--unlike with other methods of grilling--there is no chance of watching your meal go up in flames. In Plancha, Liliane Otal shows how to buy and maintain a plancha as well has how to make more than 150 delicious recipes that are so simple and fast anyone can do them. The cooking time for nearly all of these recipes is under 20 minutes. Her recipes will show you how to prepare delicious and flavorful meals that are also low in fat.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Agate Surrey (30 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572841184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572841185
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The paperback's strengths lie in Otal's tips ("The plancha must be very hot or the food will stick to the surface." and "Oil the surface of the plancha before heating. Do not use butter " and "Avoid using a knife directly on the plancha" to avoid damaging the surface, etc.) and simple recipes, from marinades to meats.--Judy Hevrdejs "Chicago Tribune ""

About the Author

Liliane Otal has long split her time between France and Spain. She has written numerous Spanish, Italian, Moroccan, and Provencal cookbooks. Danielle McCumber is a writer and editor living in Chicago.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Replace the Barbicue 28 Sep 2013
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This book together with the Plancha itself is fantastic. (Our plancha has all but replaced the Barbi) Very pleased with the recipe book as it goes into alot of detail but in a simplistic way
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some unusual recipes 22 Aug 2013
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All easy to follow and nice photography. Could be used for a conventional BBQ as well. Easy to follow I got good results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mi plancha es perfecto! 6 Jun 2013
By Mrs J
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Since buying this plancha book I have used many of the recipes. I hardly used conventional pans anymore. Both meat and vegetables are cooked to perfection. Only thing missing is the sunshine of Spain! You may wish to vary some of the cooking times to suit the thickness of your meat/vegetables etc. Other than that it is great and no more multiple plans to wash.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Marinades 9 Jan 2013
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This book has some interesting ideas for plancha cooking, but a lot of it is focused on what you marinade your given meat, fish, seafood, chicken in first. Good for basics and a bit of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a summer keeper 16 Jun 2011
By Sally H. Calligan - Published on
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I ordered this before it was published on my IPad. It is a great both for summer and fast cooking. I bought the griddle and this book for me, my daughter and as a wedding gift. I had been in Spain for a couple of months and this griddle is is really is really used outside on a BBQ. This book has recipes for how to use it, how long to cook items, and many marinades and sauces.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excerpted from my February 2013 review column in The National Barbecue News 26 May 2013
By Doug Mosley - Published on
"Plancha: 150 Great Recipes for Spanish-style Grilling" by Liliane Otal ($21, Surrey Books, 176 pp.) is about a method that makes use of a metal slab heated over an flame. You and I may call this a flat-top and further point out that you can find one of these in every Waffle House, but this book focuses on the Spanish use of creating great grilled dishes from the plancha.
This book is pretty straightforward. After a brief introduction that brings the reader up to speed on a Spanish plancha (and why it is different from that Waffle House flat-top), the book goes right to the recipes. While most of the selections have full-color pictures of a finished dish, the pages are just the recipes themselves. No stories, no explanations on techniques, no sidebars (although some recipes do include a line titled Serving Suggestion with some supporting information). But it doesn't matter because cooking on the plancha isn't overly complex by any means. The emphasis is on ingredients over complicated techniques. After the introduction, the book has chapters on Sauces and Marinades, First Courses and Vegetables, Fish and Seafood, Meat, Poultry and Desserts. And that's it. It's so to the point that maybe it should have had a page that says, "Now go get a plancha" so that a surprised reader doesn't wonder what to do next after such an abrupt finish.
Speaking of that, a true plancha may be a bit difficult to find. Certainly anything can be found online if you're willing to pay the shipping from Timbuktu, but be forewarned that you might not be able to walk into your local big box discount store and find a plancha on the shelf. But when you browse these recipes and see the pics, you'll have plenty of inspiration to go looking for your own plancha.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great easy spanish cooking 5 Sep 2012
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What an awesome cookbook! The recipes are easy to follow and the photos help to envision the end result. This book is a lucky find for those, who are reluctant to try Spanish foods. The pictures will make you drool, they look so delish. I can't wait to try a dish or two or all. Get this book while it's free!
4.0 out of 5 stars Gourmet style cooking 20 Jun 2013
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Very good but this is more gourmet Spanish style cooking for guests, not daily style cooking. This should not discourage you from getting it
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS, ENTICING RECIPES 21 May 2013
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I don't know who Liliane Otal is, other than that she wrote this book, but she MUST be able to cook, GOOD, to have put This wonder together, beginning with the definition and a bit of History on "Plancha" (it means "Plate", literally!) and continuing through an assortment of what appears to be Mouth Watering Taste Sensations from Heaven!

Grab this book while the promo is still in effect! Give a review, and MAYBE, just MAYBE, Ms. Otal Might see fit to lowering the price for the ebook volume so that MANY MORE folks can enjoy this delight!

ABSOLUTELY one of the BEST recipes books available in Kindle Form! Only ONE thing kept me from giving it a Five Star review, the asking price after it is off promo-free. At $21.00 I think it is WAY overpriced, but if you plan on spending THAT much for this book, I highly suggest that you order a hardcopy (actually, only Paperback is currently available on Amazon Plancha: 150 Great Recipes for Spanish-Style Grilling), instead, as it is ONLY $14.80!! And, really, a hardcopy of THIS book would be nice to own! (Perhaps the author is not aware... Ebooks SHOULD be priced considerably LOWER than hard copies, due to no paper, no 'inventory' (to speak of), no SHIPPING, etc, involved!)

Reba K.
PS: Pay NO attention to the ONE 'bad' review, with two stars given... I checked her profile page (Monday, 5.20.2013) and she has ONLY given a few recipe books a decent review. Seems she wants her recipe books to ALSO be filled with stories, and prefers a TEXTBOOK type to a RECIPE type cookbook... To each their own, right? But, personally, I find the review she gave to be totally UNJUST...
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